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Definitions of courtly

  1. In the manner of courts. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. In the manner of a court. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  3. Relating or belonging to a court. Newage Dictionary DB
  4. Elegant; polite; courtlike; flattering. Newage Dictionary DB
  5. Disposed to favor the great; favoring the policy or party of the court; obsequious. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. In the manner of courts; politely; gracefully; elegantly. Newage Dictionary DB
  7. Refined; elegant; said of manners. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Having manners like those of a court: elegant. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. Of dignified and polished manners. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. Of or befitting a court; elegant in manners. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Elegant; refined; worthy of a court. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for courtly

  1. The courtly Frenchman won the ladies to join him in whipping the cream of the world for five minutes, and passed out before his flavour was exhausted. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  2. In church, to nod from the old seats of the Schoppers to all those common folk as my nearest kin, to meet the lute- player among my own people, teaching the lads and maids their music, and to greet him as dear grandfather, to see my brethren and sisters- in- law busy in the clerks' chambers or work- shops- all this I say is bitter to the taste; and yet more when the tempter on the other side shows the gaudy young gentleman the very joys dearest to his courtly spirit. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
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